Message from WCSD#1 on Nationwide Social Media Threat

Local News December 16, 2021

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Message from WCSD#1 on Nationwide Social Media Threat

Weston County School District #1 asked KASL to post the following message to our website, addressing a nationwide threat to school safety which appears to have originated on TikToc. The message follows below:

Dear Families,
Weston County School District #1 has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17. The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously. Additionally, the district has been in contact with the Newcastle Police Department and Weston County Sheriff’s Office regarding the post. We may have an increased police presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution. This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online. If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away. As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.

Sincerely,
Brad LaCroix
Superintendent, Weston County School District #1

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